|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|917||LA ANGELS||+100||Ov 8,-120||+100||Ov 8.5,+100|
|918||OAKLAND||-110||Un 8,+100||-110||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-3||-2.2||3-1||5.2||0.293||0.369||6.2||0.335||0.380|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||4-3||3.7||0.223||0.276||6.4||0.278||0.354|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-3||+1.4||6-1||6.4||0.273||0.369||4.0||0.241||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||6-1||5.6||0.243||0.329||6.9||0.280||0.338|
|4/25/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||0-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||11||2||0|
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||6-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||11||13||0|
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||140||7 un||U||6||4||0||10||11||1|
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||4||1||6||7||1|
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||8-10||L||115||8 ov||O||15||14||2||16||11||1|
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||6-10||L||100||8.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||7||2|
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|5/7/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/19/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||105||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-1||L||120||8 ev||U||3||3||0||6||5||1|
|4/21/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||1-8||L||-110||8 ev||O||3||9||1||11||6||1|
|4/22/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-9||L||120||8 un||O||5||8||2||9||8||0|
|4/23/2013||COLON(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||13-0||W||105||8.5 ev||O||13||8||0||3||4||2|
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||5-6||L||145||8 ov||O||9||8||0||10||9||0|
|4/29/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-8||W||-125||8 ov||O||16||11||1||15||14||2|
|4/30/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||10-6||W||-110||8.5 un||O||10||7||2||9||8||1|
|5/1/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/3/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (9-17) at Oakland (16-12), 3:35 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics are on the verge of their longest winning streak over the Los Angeles Angels in almost nine years.
Seth Smith has been an unexpected contributor.
Smith looks to continue his production against the Angels on Wednesday and help the A's to another three-game sweep of the AL West rival.
Oakland (16-12) has won eight of the past nine meetings with Los Angeles, including all five this year while batting .310 with eight homers, eight stolen bases and 48 runs.
The A's last won six straight against the Angels from June 23-Sept. 24, 2004.
Smith, a career .270 hitter, has been particularly impressive in the season series, going 11 for 21 with five doubles and six RBIs in four games. He had a .188 average in 20 games against Los Angeles prior to this season.
A left fielder who also acts as a designated hitter, Smith had two hits Tuesday, including a three-run double in Oakland's 10-6 victory. That came a night after he had a pair of singles in a 10-8, 19-inning win.
Yoenis Cespedes is also swinging a hot bat. He has five hits - three for extra bases - and seven RBIs in three games since returning from a strained muscle in his left hand.
He connected for a double and a triple and drove in four runs Tuesday.
Tommy Milone (3-2, 3.38) may not need much help from his offense since he's 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA in three home starts compared to a 6.17 ERA while splitting two road games. However, that road victory came at Los Angeles on April 10, when the left-hander allowed four runs in five innings of an 11-5 victory.
He's 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts versus the Angels.
"We always feel good when Tommy takes the mound," manager Bob Melvin said.
Milone was terrific at home again Friday, but a lack of support made him the hard-luck loser in a 3-0 defeat to Baltimore. He allowed only an unearned run in 6 2-3 innings, but Oakland had three hits and committed a season-high three errors.
"I have high expectations for myself, and outings like this are what I'm looking for every time, so it's good to get it," Milone told the team's official website.
The Angels will counter with C.J. Wilson (2-0, 4.30), who is 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last five starts at Oakland. He's kept Smith hitless in five at-bats, while Cespedes is 3 for 9 in their matchups.
The left-hander didn't fare well against the A's at home April 9, allowing four runs with three walks in six innings while not getting a decision in a 9-5 loss.
Wilson has won both of his decisions over three starts since, including a 6-3 victory at Seattle on Friday. He surrendered three runs and seven hits while throwing 110 pitches in 5 1-3 innings.
Mike Trout had a double, triple and four RBIs on Tuesday after hitting .158 with one RBI in the previous nine games.
Last year's AL Rookie of the Year, Trout has a .188 average over 17 games in Oakland, and went 0 for 3 versus Milone last month.
Josh Hamilton, however, is 5 for 11 with a homer off Milone, but he's 4 for 22 against the A's this year.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 4:31:50 PM EST|